You may already know that there has been discussion about renaming the Scottish Prestwick Airport as Robert Burns International Airport. The purpose of the rebranding, it has been said, would be to bring more tourists to Ayrshire, the county where poet Robert Burns was born.
This news story made us do a little research into airport names, and we were astonished to find out how many others were also named after famous personalities. While some name choices make perfect sense with regard to the location of the airport, others are a bit more surprising and unique!
With the name change of Belfast City Airport, Ireland quite recently also followed the trend. The airport’s name was, with a fair bit of controversy surrounding the event, changed from Sydenham Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport in 2006.
You might say that naming Liverpool Airport after John Lennon was an easy choice, especially given that the airport building itself has had a personal and rather rocking encounter with The Beatles. What used to be the terminal building was in the past rendered unstable by Beatles fans, who filled its terraces when coming to greet the band. After renovations, the area is now home to the Crown Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel.
John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, USA, is without a doubt one of the busiest and most well known airports around. However, the airport was not always called JFK. As it was built on the Idlewild Golf course’s grounds, it was originally given the name Idlewild Airport. Only in 1963 was it renamed in honour of the 35th American president.
And to finish, the following two were among the more fantastical and creative airport names we found. First, an airport in Boscobel, Jamaica, named after Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels. The name choice invoked some controversy, but at the end, the name was kept. And second, following the literary theme, the Yorkshire airport of Doncaster Sheffield actually carries the full name Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, after the legendary archer and outlaw.
Have you flown to an airport with an interesting name recently? Tell us in the comments, we would love to hear your experiences!